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04/02/09

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A home is not a home without a bunny.   Bunnies are the most wonderful and adorable critters on the face of this earth.   They are warm, social little critters who need a lot of love, attention, care and exercise and you will get so much joy and have so much entertainment from these precious furry companions.

 

Rabbits should definitely be housed indoors.  They need an environment that is safe, secure and free from predators.  A backyard hutch is not a safe and secure environment. 

 

I have five very special buns named Lucky, Opie, Sambo, Wooley and Sandy.   Deep within my heart and forever in memory will always be my Aussie, Smokey, Minky, Midge, Punky, Cream Puff and Scooter who have all left my life but NEVER my heart.  Please visit them at Rainbow Bridge.

 

All my bunnies are free roaming 24/7.  It's very important for the health and longevity of a rabbit to get a GOOD amount of exercise everyday, and an adult rabbit should eat a good quality high fiber,  low calcium and protein pellet (limited to 1/8 cup per every 5 lbs of bun), a variety of fresh veggies daily and most importantly for that fiber that is so vitally important for a buns GI tract, lots of fresh grass hay daily.  Never a pellet only diet.  Oh, and don't forget fresh water.

 

Some of the top rabbit vets don't think pellets even need to be in a rabbits diet if you're feeding a varied veggie and hay diet daily, but I think they are necessary simply for the fact that our soils in this country are deprived of precious trace elements and I rely on pellets for those extra nutrients that are specifically put in pellets.

 

As buns age, alfalfa hay should either not be given at all, especially if feeding an alfalfa based pellet, or be given in very small quantities since alfalfa is high in calcium, protien and calories.   Timothy hay is the recommended hay for an adult rabbit because it's lowest in calcium, protein and calories.  As buns age, weight, just like in human folk, becomes an issue.  I like to give my buns a variety of hay made up of mostly timothy, oat hay and sometimes a smidge of alfalfa.  They eat a timothy based pellet so don't worry so much about a little of alfalfa now and then.

 

Getting back to what I mentioned above about our soils.  What I've learned is, the soil, the earth's crust is formed mainly of 8 elements, that being: oxygen (O), silicon (Si), aluminum (Al), iron (Fe), calcium (Ca), sodium (Na), potassium (K) and magnesium (Mg).   Alltogether these 8 elements form 99.91% of the soil.  Oxygen 46.6%, silicon 27.72%, aluminum 8.13%, iron 5%, calcium 3.63%, sodium 2.83%, potassium 2.59% and magnesium 2%, all the others, the precious trace elements form only 0.41% of the soil.  One cannot deprive the soil of the 8 primary elements, because the ARE the soil.  Intense farming has deprived the soil of precious trace elements such as selenium, copper, boron, etc. etc. etc.  Total number of elements that soil should contain is 60.

 

Plants:  plants CANNOT produce minerals if they are not in the soil, meaning more then likely we are not getting those much needed trace elements in our daily diet especially if you're vegetarian or a herbivore.  Plants CAN however, produce vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids.  Green leafy veggies are high in magnesium.

 

Listed below are some of my favorite rabbit articles and websites:

 

RABBIT ARTICLES:

 

Rabbit Care Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Files: GastroIntestinal Stasis, The Silent Killer (http://fig.cox.miami.edu/Faculty/Dana/ileus.html)

 

HRS House Rabbit FAQ (http://www.rabbit.org/faq/)

 

The Language of Lagomorphs (http://www.muridae.com/rabbits/rabbittalk.html)

 

Rabbit Diet Information: Index and Homepage (http://www.magpage.com/~laurat/petbunny/diet/index.html)

 

Plants Poisonous for Rabbits

(http://home.stlnet.com/~mlhenson/rabbits-398.htm)

 

Obesity: (http://www.houserabbit.org/baltwashdc/newsletter/obesity.pdf

 

FAVORITE RABBIT WEB SITES:

 

http://mindspring.com/~morfz/home.html (Excellent One)

http://www.rabbit.org

http://members.xoom.com/_XOOM/DennAbun

http:www.theherbsplace.com/rabbit.html

http://www.bunnybytes.com

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/cgi-bin/nut_search.pl

 

 

 

LUCKY

 

Lucky

"My Lucky Girl" - It was Friday, September 13, 1991 when Lucky came into our lives.  She was about 4 months old and was going to be slaughtered the following day and we weren't about to let that happen, so we took her even though I never imagined having more than two buns at that time.  I already had Smokey and Aussie.  Lucky is now 8 years old and lives hoppily ever after with the love of her life, her husbun Opie.   Isn't she a beaut!

 

Lucky is my very bossy, demanding girl.  But now that she's 8 years old she is mellowing a bit.  I have many, many wonderful stories about Lucky but one of my favorites is one night Marc was lying on the couch and she was on the floor and she came over for pets but Marc did the wrong thing by not paying enough attention to her and he stopped petting her.  Well, this just got her little nickers in a twist and she jumped up on Marc and thumped so hard on his stomach I could here it clear across the room.  I heard Marc go Oh Gheeez, and I thought oh no she's in deep dodo, but all we could do is laugh. 

 

Lucky is not only bossy and demanding, she's a back jumper as well.  If she even see's you on the ground, she'll drop whatever she's doing, run over to you, thump and then jump on your back and in bunny lingo I would bet my life that she's saying "I'm The Queen of the World".

 

She is just too precious!

 

OPIE

 

Opie

"Opie One Can Opie" - I felt Lucky needed a companion so we set out to get her a husbun.  Opie was just a little baby bunster when we got him, about 8 weeks old, and Lucky wanted no part of Opie at that time, but we understood that he was just a baby and that in time (hoping and praying) she'd grow to love and accept him and she sure did.  Bonding went perfect and Opie and Lucky have been inseparable ever since.

 

Opie turned 7 years old on September 22, 1999.  Opie and Lucky are truly love buns.  These two buns are two peas in a pod, I also refer to them as my demolition tag team.   I'll never forget the time when we moved into our new house and I decided to go garage sale shopping to get Sambo and Wooley their own easy chair so that they would have something to lounge on.  I found two identical chairs so I decided to buy both of them and give one to Opie and Lucky and one to Sam and Wooley.  Now Sambo and Wooley are not destructive buns, but I don't know what I was thinking when I bought the chair for Opie and Lucky.  I came home from work one day and much to my horror the chair was ripped to shreds and I just gasped!  I was so terrified that Opie or Lucky had ingested some foam rubber but thank goodness, neither one did.   I would bet my life that the both of them had the time of their life tearing up that chair.   Opie and Lucky have mellowed a bit with age as Lucky is now 8 years old and Opie 7, but after that incident I only give them chewable things like cardboard boxes, baskets and things of that nature.    Opie and Lucky are my gorgeous plush Rexes. I call them the Stun Buns because they are stunning.   Opie is known as a Broken Opal Rex and Lucky a Calico Rex. 

 

Just like with all my buns, I have so many wonderful stories and have tons of Opie.  Opie is so adorable, so gentle, sweet and very comical.   When Opie was a young bun he used to love to jump up on the couch when Marc was lying on it, jump on Marc's chest then pull and tug at Marc's eyebrows and side burns.  Marc would give this faint yell "help me, help me" as if he was being attacked by the killer wabbit.

 

 

 

Opie is the handsome dude on the left and Lucky the gorgeous babe on the right.  I also refer to them as my "Stun Buns" meaning simply stunning.

 

One of the more comical stories I have of my sweet precious Opie is that recently I decided to give all my buns rose petals since we have quite a rose garden and rose petals are suppose to be good and very tasty and bunnies are suppose to love them.   Neither Opie or Lucky wanted any part of them, so I decided to sprinkle them on the floor and if and when they decided to eat them then the rose petals would be there.  Well, Opie was simply disgusted by the whole idea of having those yucky rose petals all around him so he decided it would be best if he moved each petal out of his way, one by one,  with his mouth so that he could go about his business.  It was too cute and too funny!  He truly is a silly adorable wabbit.

 

 

Sandy and Midge

 

Sandy

"Sandy Man" - Sandy is my big gentle giant.  As big as Sandy is that's how sweet, gentle, loving and affectionate he is.  Sandy will cuddle for hours.  After Midge passed away, Sandy was a loner for quite a long time until I decided in January, 1999 that I was going to try and bond him with Sambo (his Daddy) and Wooley, an already bonded pair.  The bonding went great and now the three are inseparable.

 

Sandy and Midge (brother and sister) were inseparable until we lost Midge on December 22, 1994.  A very dreadful year for us as we lost three of our beloved buns and our beautiful dog Cheyla.  I was a total wreck that year.  I even got shingles after my most beloved of all, Smokey, passed away on January 8, 1994.   But thank the good Lord that Sandy is still with us along with his Daddy Sambo and Wooley (see below).  Sandy is one of the sweetest buns on the face of the earth (although, I have to say, all of mine really are).

 

Sandy has actually been in our lives from the first day he was born.  He wasn't exactly our bun at the time, but we had the pleasure of seeing him and his sisters and brothers the first day they were born and we even tried to force feed the babies since Mamma bunny wasn't quite sure what to do with them the first 24 hours.  But then nature took it's course and Mommy started taking care of the babies, however, two passed away and three lived.   We took Sandy and his sister, who we named Midge when they were approx. 7 weeks old and found a home for the other bunny.  Sandy turned 6 years old on October 23, 1999.

 

Sandy is the ultimate love bun.   He loves as much attention that he could possibly get.  One of the many things I love about my Sandy is that if I'm just within a foot of him he starts to tooth purr.   He is the only bun I've ever had that does this.  Gives me such a warm fuzzy and makes me laugh.   My other buns tooth purr too, but Sandy's the only one that will without even laying a hand on him.  He's just too cute and sweet, that gentle giant of mine.   Even when I brush Sandy, he tooths purrs : )   Now, how may buns will do that???  Sandy also loves his front paws to be kissed.

 

Sandy (outside the litterbox) and Midge.

 

SAMBO

 

Sambo

"Sam the Man"  - My big handsome boy.  Sam was found running loose in our neighborhood by a young man.  Dumped I'm sure by some irresponsible person.  A young man in the neighborhood found Sam and posted a sign about the bunny and left his phone number to call him.  We called him and said that if no one claimed the bun we'd take him.  Well no one claimed the bun and so we took him.  Sam was approximately 1 year old when we got him in September, 1993.  He is now bonded with my Wooley and Sandy (his son), the three of them are just the most adorable, loveable and affectionate threesome.

 

This is a picture of Sambo and Wooley together.  They are as sweet as they are beautiful.

 

Wooley

 

Wooley

Wooley Bully - My Wooley is a sweet, gentle, adorable love bun.  She'll kiss your pants, feet, hands and face.

 

Wooley was found running loose in a relative's neighborhood.  It was raining that day and she was being chased by a cat.  She couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 months old.  My nephew was able to catch her and then called us to come and get her.

 

We took Wooley in only with the assumption that we'd find a good home for her because I had just taken in Punky and Cream Puff.  Well, we did find a very good home for Wooley, OURS.  I couldn't let her go and I'm sure glad I didn't.  

 

Wooley is bonded with Sambo and Sandy. 

 

One of the cute stories I have of Wooley is that when we lived in our other house, Sambo and Wooley were kept in the family room and had taken over Marc's easy chair.  When she used to lounge on the chair I would sit on the floor with my back against the chair to watch TV.  Wooley would keep nudging my head as if to say "hey I'm here, don't ignore me, I want pets" and I would succum to her demands.

 

Another comical story I have of Wooley, at that time though it was actually kind of scary because I thought I had lost Wooley as she was no where to be found this particular day.  I called and called her but nothing.  Then all of a sudden I saw my husband Marc's lounge chair move, then it moved again so I got down on the floor and looked underneath and there she was just starring at me as if to say "what , can't you see that I vant to be alone".  Wooley somehow managed to tear a whole in the material underneath the chair so that she could get up inside the chair and hide.   We had to be very, very careful anytime we were contemplating using that chair and had to make perfectly sure that there was no buns hiding in the chair. 

 

 

Piggies

 

Wooley

Wooley Bully - My Wooley is a sweet, gentle, adorable love bun.  She'll kiss your pants, feet, hands and face.

 

Wooley was found running loose in a relative's neighborhood.  It was raining that day and she was being chased by a cat.  She couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 months old.  My nephew was able to catch her and then called us to come and get her.

 

We took Wooley in only with the assumption that we'd find a good home for her because I had just taken in Punky and Cream Puff.  Well, we did find a very good home for Wooley, OURS.  I couldn't let her go and I'm sure glad I didn't.  

 

Wooley is bonded with Sambo and Sandy. 

 

One of the cute stories I have of Wooley is that when we lived in our other house, Sambo and Wooley were kept in the family room and had taken over Marc's easy chair.  When she used to lounge on the chair I would sit on the floor with my back against the chair to watch TV.  Wooley would keep nudging my head as if to say "hey I'm here, don't ignore me, I want pets" and I would succum to her demands.

 

Another comical story I have of Wooley, at that time though it was actually kind of scary because I thought I had lost Wooley as she was no where to be found this particular day.  I called and called her but nothing.  Then all of a sudden I saw my husband Marc's lounge chair move, then it moved again so I got down on the floor and looked underneath and there she was just starring at me as if to say "what , can't you see that I vant to be alone".  Wooley somehow managed to tear a whole in the material underneath the chair so that she could get up inside the chair and hide.   We had to be very, very careful anytime we were contemplating using that chair and had to make perfectly sure that there was no buns hiding in the chair. 

 

 

Dogs

 

Dogs

Well what house would not be complete without dogs, especially Shetland Sheep Dogs aka Shelties.  They are quite a motley crew.  We have three, and their names are:

 

Rocky - He was adopted in Sept of 1993

Missy - She was adopted in Jan of 1994

Mikey - He was adopted in Feb of 1998

The Gang

 

This is the gang posing for their Christmas Picture in 1998 in the living room!

From L to R (Rocky 5, Mikey 5, Missy 10)

 

 

The Birds

 

The Birds

Here are some great pictures of the new additions to the family.  Goliath the rooster and his Hens - Lucy and Ethel!   Aren't they just the cutest.

 

Goliath is a very comical Rooster and Lucy and Ethel are both very adorable hens.  They are all very gentle and can be handled with no problems at all.  Goliath and the girls, as I refer to them, are a breed called Japanese Silkies.

 

The birds stay in a very large coup during the day and are brought inside the Bunny Room at night where they will also be safe, secure and predator free.  The birds stay in an empty extra large hutch at night then in the morning they go outdoors again to their spacious coup where Goliath rules the roost and struts his stuff.

 

(Since this was last typed, sadly Lucy and Ethel, each at seperate times, left this world on angels wings and flew to a world far, far better).

 

 

Rainbow Bridge

 

Gone to heaven

We have truly been so blessed for having every single one of our precious furry companions that are in our lives and have been in our lives and we thank God for them everyday.   Each and every one of them has touched our lives in such a special way and will be forever in our hearts.  They all have given us so much joy and we will always treasure their memories.

 

 

sudden silence,

slowly, memories bring sounds to fill the heart.

love once shared

bridges the gap forever

 

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

 

            There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.  It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.  Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

 

            When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.  There is always food, water and warm spring weather.  The old and frail animals are young again.  Those who are maimed are made whole again.  They play all day with each other.

 

            There is only one thing missing.  They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth.  So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up.  The nose twitches!  The ears are up!  The eyes are staring!  And suddenly runs from the group!

 

            You have been seen, and when you and your special friends meet, you take them in your arms and embrace.  Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting furry companions.

 

            Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

 

 

Punky

 

Punky

Punky Brewster - Rainbow Bridge May 4, 1995 - She was an absolute doll.  She was a 3 lb. gray ND.  I took her and her sister Cream Puff so that they would not be dumped in the Hollywood Hills.  Punky was such a love and just too cute for words.  Just look at that face. Precious.

 

I have many adorable stories about Punky but one of my favorites is around Christmas time '94.  Punky was living in my bar room at the time and I had a table in that room that I had put a Christmas decoration on.  I would peek in on Punky from time to time to make sure she wasn't getting into any trouble because she liked to pull carpet now and then.  When I peeked in I couldn't see her anywhere and as I looked very carefully, there she was on top of the table as still as can be.  No wonder it was hard to find her at first because she was so still she blended in with the Christmas decoration.  It was hysterical, like that scene from ET when ET ran and hid amongst all the stuff animals.

 

 

Smokey

 

Smokey

"The Smokster" (April 19, 1991 - January 8, 1994).   Smokey was my very first bun and the most precious, priceless gift I have ever been blessed with.  My sweet bunny was a surprise birthday present from my husband Marc and I'll never forget that day.   Smokey stole my heart the moment I saw him.   He was just this tiny baby bunny, approximately 6 weeks old when we got him.  He was a jet black ND with a tiny white spot just at the very tip of his nose and he was the sweetest little thing I had ever seen.   He brought me endless joy and I have so many wonderful and happy memories of him that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  I love him so and will miss him every day of my life.  Smokey was incredibly smart.  I'll never have another like him.

 

Smokey used to sleep at the foot of my bed and he wouldn't have it any other way.   One night we decided it was time to let Smokey run free in the family room at night.  He had been such a good bun when supervised that we thought he just wouldn't be a problem and thought we could give it a try and see how it went.  I had purchased a tall baby gate and the family room was properly bunny proofed so we were all set.  Well, at least I thought we were.  I said my goodnights to the little man and as I was trying to put up the gate, this nearly 4 lb bunny hurdled it like a gazelle, ran up the stairs and waited for me at the top then as I approached he ran into our room and onto our bed.  Marc said to leave him and we'd see how he does.  Smokey was absolutely perfect in everyway.  He never had one single accident on the bed.  So from then on, the foot of the bed was Smokey's and so was my red valour robe (that I've never been able to throw away, till this day).  I used to fluff it up for him and he would just hunker down and stay all night.

 

Smokey didn't always come to bed with us.  Sometimes he would come 1/2 hour later or even 1 hour later, but the funniest thing was that my side of the bed was the side nearest to the entrance of our room, but Smokey used to go all the way around to the other side and literally jump on either Marc's head or stomach, hop across the bed and then hunker down for the night.  You don't know how many times he scared the living daylights out of Marc.  Half the time when this happened Marc was either sleeping or half way there. Hehehehehe.

 

Just look at him, a face that no one could resist.

 

Smokey loved to have the run of the house.  In the mornings he loved the sun in the guest bedroom.  He loved to lounge!  When the sun would cross the sky - he'd take off for other parts of the house.  He had a litter box that he used religiously.  If he was upstairs and had to go he would fly down the stairs and into his box.  He was really remarkable

 

Smokey's favorite time of year was Xmas - he loved to lounge under the Xmas tree.  Maybe it was the smell of the pine needles?

 

 

Aussie

 

Aussie

(Rainbow Bridge - December 3, 1992) - Aussie was Smokey's lawfully wedded bun.   She was a Silver Marten dwarf and she was so cute, sweet and gentle.  Smokey loved her and I did too.

 

Aussie was a spitfire.  She was so quick, she'd run around a room twice to Smokey's once.  He'd be chasing her then all of a sudden she'd be the one in hot pursuit of him.  He would get this real surprised look on his sweet little face.  LOL just thinking about it.

 

Minkey

 

Minky

(Rainbow Bridge - August 22, 1994).  Minky was a gorgeous chinchilla mini rex. She was only 4 lbs but when Minky reached maturity around the age of 4 months old, she turned into a real bunzilla.  Minky would come at you with teeth and claws ready to do bodily damage.  After we had her spayed that all changed.  Minky became a real honey bunny.  Spaying made a huge difference in Minky's aggressiveness. 

 

Midge, Sandy

 

Midge

(Rainbow Bridge - December 22, 1994) - Midge and Sandy were sister and brother and the children of Sambo. In this picture, Midge is da bun in the litterbox, Sandy is outside the box.  Sandy is still with us today, thank God and is now bonded with his father Sambo and Wooley girl.

 

Sandy and Midge were extremely close until that dreadful day in December of '94.

 

Scooter

 

Scooter

(Scooten Tooten - Rainbow Bridge - June 14, 1998) - I only had this sweet precious bun for 5 very short months.  We think she was around 8 years old or she could have been older, but unfortunately she had never been spayed.  She was the only lopster bun I ever had.   She was a very sweet, adorable bun.   I don't believe Scooter was ever housed indoors until she came to live with us, but I was told she once was a school bunny.

 

Scooter seemed very happy with us and adjusted wonderfully.  Here's an adorable picture of Scooter sleeping on the bed I created for her.   Sure pays to have that camera loaded at all times around this household.  What a priceless picture.

 

CHEYLA

 

Cheyla

We found Cheyla abandoned and roaming in our neighborhood one August morning. The vet said she had been wandering a long time.   She was such a wonderful dog, so sweet, gentle, kind and loving.   She was about 10 years old when we found her and was not spayed.   We had her spayed and were lucky enough to have her about 1 1/2 years.  She was so good and gentle it was hard to believe someone would abandon her.  We had to put our Cheyla to sleep August 31, 1994 due to cancer.

 

This picture was taken in 1993 at Jenna's parents house.  We had only had her for a month.  She had to be shaved to be sure we got all the fleas and ticks off of her.  Ticks had invaded her body because she had been out wandering for so long.  She looked so funny for a few months!

 

 

Cream Puff

 

Cream Puff

(Crème de la Crème - Rainbow Bridge - August 6, 1997) - Cream Puff was as sweet as she was beautiful.  She had the prettiest little face and her coloring was gorgeous.  She reminded me of a snow bunny.

 

Cream Puff and Punky Brewster were acquired from someone that was going to turn them loose in the Hollywood Hills.    A friend of mine from work asked me if I would take the bunnies as he was very concerned about their well being.  Once he told me about his friends wanting to turn them loose, I said I would try to find good homes for them.  Wellllllllll, guess what?  Yup, you guessed it.  Oh heck, what was two more buns <sigh>.

 

Joe was happy that I took the buns and I would keep him updated on them.  Unfortunately, Joe is no longer with us as he passed away on August 7, 1996.   It's appropriate that he be mentioned on this page as well.  Cream Puff passed away one year later, one day before the one year anniversary of Joe's death.

 

Cream was a very special bun.  She had the whole guest bedroom to herself.  That was her room and she had lots of stuffed animal buddies.  Cream Puff would arrange the animals to her liking, and don't anyone dare mess with them.  She would place the animals in a circle so that she could be in the middle and the center of attention.     Glad I had film in the camera for this one (see below).

 

Cream Puff cuddling up with one of her furry friends.

 

 

 

Cream Puff liked to rearrange her stuffed friends so that she would be in the center.  We used to always find her in a custom arangement!

 

 

Edgecliff Dr.

 

5651 Edgecliff Drive

In December of 1996 Marc and Jenna decided that they had outgrown their previous home in Anaheim Hills.  It was only a townhome and did not have enough space to spread out.  They began to look for homes and absolutely hated the prospect of moving.  The prices were not bad - the realestate market was in the middle of a complete collapse.  You could practically name your price.  The homes that we looked at initially were terrible.  Too close together, not enough land - it went on and on.  We told our realestate lady to look in certain grids of cities that were more rural.  In early January 1997 we happened on a small private road in Yorba Linda.  There was a vacant beat up house at the end of a dead end private road.  Jenna said no - Marc went along and they left.  During the week Marc looked at the description of the property and it said the house was on one acre!  Marc went back and took a walk in the back yard and fell in love.  He brought Jenna back to the house and convinced her that it was a diamond in the rough.  Where else in Orange county could you find an acre of property with a house.  They offered much less than the previous owners were asking and to their suprise - their offer was accepted.  Now came the real fun part.  Their house was on the market but hadn't sold - The owner had another offer and gave them 72 hours to put up the money or loose the house.  Marc was talking to our next door neighbor in Anaheim Hills who was renting.  She really liked our house better than hers - she lived next door!  Marc offered to sell her our house on a lease with the option to buy.  She said yes and the rest is history.  It was an uncanny set of circumstances that led us to this house.  It was just meant to be.  Karen purchased our townhouse in October of 1998.  For about a year we owned two houses - Karen was the best tenant and friend - we will always be grateful for her friendship and help in getting our home.

            The real fun started in May of 1997 when we moved in.  The house had been vacant for a year.  You can imagine what it was like.  Original appliances, wallpaper, plumbing fixtures from 1965! Oh my God!  Jenna cried and Marc just kept on working and spending up a storm.  Needless to say we now have one of the nicest houses in the neighborhood and have caused others to spruce up their homes!

 

 

 

This is at the edge of our property line looking North East

 

 

 

 

 

Our address plate that Karen gave us as a house warming gift.  Even has a bunny on it, imagine that!

 

5651 Edgecliff  #2

 

 

Before Jenna's bunny room was built - Oh Brother!

 

 

 

After construction of Jenna's 27 X 15 room, heated and airconditioned.  It was prefab and put up in one day - complete with a ceiling fan installed by Marc.  It sits on six inches of concrete with a full drainage system installed by Marc.  Jenna spends hours and hours in there.  The next project is to run an extension of the satellite TV to the room.

 

 

This area in the front of the house used to be a vegetable patch that was overgrown with weeds.  The previous owner was older and had problems with his hands and could no longer take care of such a big piece of property.  It took over a year to fully gain control of all the stuff that needed to be done.  This area was cleared, irrigated and below you will see the result.  Marc worked for 2 months of weekends to complete this project.

 

 

 

This area now contains Marc's Wisteria and Rose garden along with the grass walk path and Japansese Box Hedges.  This summers (1999) addition of the stone bench from hell was quite an ordeal.  Home depot delivered it with a forklift the size of Rhode Island and left it at the curb.  The entire set weighs over 2000 pounds!  It took Marc and the two great helpers across the way to put it together.  This baby will never go anywhere!  Sometimes at noght you can find Marc out there with a glass of Sommer Zinfindel reading the Wall Street Journal with Rocky at his side.

5651 Edgecliff #3

 

 

The entry way.  hen we moved in the wood floors were black.  We thought it was dark wood.  When we called in our wood floor expert he told us that this was a very expensive floor.  It is 3/4" White Oak that is hand pegged.  He took a piece of sand paper and showed us what was underneath.  Our eyes fell out of our heads.  The diamond started to appear as we redid the floor.  We put a clear coat of varnish on it and what a beautiful floor.  We liked it so much that we just completed installing another 1000 Sqft of wood floor on the first floor in place of the carpets.  We also kept the theme of hand walnut pegs and it looks unbelievable.

 

 

 

The new dining room with wood floors instead of carpeting.  The subfloor had to be ripped out and was 1" thick.  The construction guys said they had never seen anything like it.  They put in another 1" subfloor and put the white oak on top of the plywood cover.  It turned out great!

 

 

 

This look is from the entry way into the living room. It too now has a wood floor.  It really makes a difference.

 

 

5651 Edgecliff Dr #4

 

 

Off the living room deck looking out towards the front.  The Sego Palm was given to me by my neighbor Mac the retired Marine.  He told me to stick it in the ground and forget about it.  Everyone used to laugh at the dead palm.  All of a sudden it came to life and it is doing great.  If you had to buy one like it it would cost you $150.

 

 

 

Marc's new stone path that you can see in the previous picture.  The stone is called Colorado Sunrise.  It took three trips.  One ton each trip to get all the stones.  They are held together with a mixture of sand and concrete.  This winter we'll plant some moss inbetween the stones.

 

 

 

This is a little further back from the stone path.  We have a huge Ivy garden with plenty of shade from two 75Ft Brazilian Pepper trees - the ivy grows and grows!

 

 

 

This is Jenna's mailbox masterpiece.  Hand stenciled and set in concrete by Marc the handy man.

 

MARCS CORNER

 

Marc's Corner #1

Here is an unretouched photo of Marc and Rocky taking a nap.  Great minds ALWAYS think alike!

 

 

 

 

Rocky and Marc frequently have been seen watching TV together.  When Marc goes into the kitchen for a snack Rocky needs to see whats going on!

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky and Mikey are great watch dogs.  They can sit for hours and watch for burgulars (Anything that moves outside) and let Marc know if anything is stirring outside.

 

 

Marc's Corner #2

 

 

 

This is Marc and Rocky after the pool remodel.  Marc made a path out of the leftover 2 X 2 pavers from the pool deck.  Of coursse - Rocky needed to help!

 

 

 

Marc is inspecting the pool and tossing out debree - Rocky thinks that the workmen left a real mess!  It took two days for the guys to demolish the pool.

 

 

 

After the workmen were done there wasn't much left - however, Rocky had a blast inspecting and digging in the mounds of dirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You'd swear Rocky was the forman on the job!  He seems to wiggle his way into every picture!

 

 

 

Wow what a difference a month makes!  Our new pool turned out great.  Thanks to Jenna's design help and color advice we have a real gem.

 

 

 

In April of 1999 Marc's parents got a new car.  When Marc's Dad went to trade in his old car they offered him a small amount of money.  Marc really wanted his Dad's old car - so it was loaded on a car carrier and shipped out to Califormia.  It's a 1989 Cadillac Fleetwood Broughm.  It has about 35,000 miles on it and it runs like a dream.  Marc and Jenna can often be seen cruising around Yorba Linda in DADZCAD!

 

 

 

 

Rocky is giving Missy lessons in how to bark at the Creepy Crawly pool sweeper. 

 

 

 

Marc is busy making mulch in the fall of 1998 and Rocky is giving him pointers on how to now get exhausted.  Speaking of fall - it is almost time for mulch again!!

 

 

 

Here's Marc and Jenna at a friends wedding at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in Malibu Colony in 1997.

 

Marc's pride and joy.  When he needs to run a local errand he's seen in DADZCAD!

 

 

 

JENNA

 

Welcome to Jenna's corner and thank you for visiting my website.

 

For all who know me, know that I'm pretty darn nutty about my furry and feathered critters, who I also refer to as my furry and feathered ones.    My bunnies, however, are nearest and dearest to my heart and that's why my husband Marc crowned me BUNINUT, and quite frankly, I'm proud of it.

 

Jenna's Corner #1

 

 

One of my favorite places is Napa Valley California "Wine Country".  Of course, when I heard about Rabbit Ridge I absolutely had to stop there.  Yes!  believe it or not, they have very good wines and you can find them in Southern California.

 

 

 

This picture was taken on Dec. 14, 1997.  It was as though Lucky was posing for her shot!

 

 

 

In her spare time Jenna likes to Paint and Stencil. Our house is decorated with lots of her great work.  This area is painted above our kitchen door.

 

 

These stencils are on the wall near our cupboards.

 

 

 

This one is above a custom made mirror in the Dining Room.  Are you interested in having Jenna stencil for you??

 

 

 

 

No, this isn't a stencil but it IS Jenna's first love bun - Smokey - The bunny that started it all!  Isn't he the most precious little guy.  I adored this bunny so.  He was the perfect little angel too.  I just had to include da Smokey man in my corner.

 

 

 

 

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